By Erin Bow

Scholastic Canada



ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

Two years after being the only kid in his class to survive a school shooting, twelve-year-old Simon and his family move to the National Quiet Zone―the only place in America where the internet is banned. Instead of talking about Simon, the astronomers who flock to the area are busy listening for signs of life in space. And when Simon makes a friend who’s determined to give the scientists what they’re looking for, he’ll finally have the chance to spin a new story for the world to tell.

SIMON SORT OF SAYS was awarded the Newbery Honor in 2024, and named to the long list for the (American) National Book Award.   See this New Yorker Piece covering the list, among many others.